Times Law 100: It’s Oxbridge-Educated White Men And Shami Chakrabarti, Again!

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By Alex Aldridge on

Another year, another list of the UK’s top 100 lawyers by The Times.

And once again, the list – released today (£) – is dominated by old, white, Oxbridge-educated men.

In the top ten, there is just one woman (Baroness Hale of Richmond) and only one lawyer who is non-Oxbridge (Keir Starmer QC). Nine of the ten are barristers.

Meanwhile, in the City top ten, not a single woman, or non-white person, featured. All but three had been to Oxbridge.

Outside the top slots, the importance of a place in Times law editor Frances Gibb’s contact book was underlined with the selection of rent-a-quotes like Legal Cheek Twitter fave John Cooper QC, College of Law boss Nigel Savage and, of course, Shami Chakrabarti (one of just 15 women in the list).

Token lefty new blood was provided in the form of Bindmans pair Saimo Chahal and Mike Schwarz, and LSE human rights professor Conor Gearty…

The Times Top 10

10. Lord Pannick QC

9. David Morley

8. Baroness Hale of Richmond

7. Keir Starmer QC

6. Sir Nicolas Bratza

5. Lord Justice Leveson

4. Kenneth Clarke

3. Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers

2. Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury

1. Lord Judge

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